What's in a name, and what's in a certification track?

As I was reading the "Informal" announcement of the new CCNP Wireless I got to thinking that this is just another area where Cisco, for the time being, is being consistently inconsistent. I joke around about that because it comes up a lot in the classes I teach. Use the "no" command in this instance versus the "clear" command that you used in the last. At any rate, looking at the Professional Level Certifications you'll notice the CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CCIP, and presumably (based on the announcement) a new CCNP Wireless. Could this be inconsistent because of how close CCWP (which is what I think it should be called) would be to close of an acronym to the CWNP vendor neutral certification? I guess it's all speculation at this point and we'll have to wait to see what the formal announcement at CiscoLive brings. Still I have my opinions on the consistency of the tracks. CCENT is the start. Then CCNA. From CCNA you can go directly into the CCNP, but to do the CCSP, CCVP or the soon to be Wireless Professional you must complete the CCNA Specialization, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, or CCNA Wireless. I'd personally like to see some consistency. Lets have a CCNA Routing and Switching required prior to the CCNP. You could throw more of a focus on the Network Systems Solution as it pertains to being a Cisco Solution just like Unified Communications, Mobility, and Security. If you're not familiar, the following link shows the solution on the Cisco web site. Cisco Networking Systems Solution But taking a further look, you find the products detailed in the Network Systems solution include Routers, Switches, Network Management, and IOS Software. All of these things are important to a CCNP candidate as the track focuses on Routers, Switches, and functionality of the IOS software. Another key point of the Associate Specialization's is that they not only cover the Enterprise class devices, which for the CCNP would be the ISR routers and the Modular/Fixed configuration LAN Switches, but they also cover devices intended for small branch type deployments. With a CCNA Routing and Switching you could cover the express series switches as well as the 500 series routers. All designed as part of the Smart Business Communication System. Again, these are my personal thoughts but either way I go with the tide. I think the Learning@Cisco folks do a great job at bringing to market a training program that is as complete as it is. I'll look forward to the formal announcement at CiscoLive

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